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DRAFT NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? September 2015
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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UPDATED Tuesday 8 September 2015 9am 'til late - Widecombe Fair
"During the Fair there is always a warm welcome in the Beer Tent, good conversation with friends and a good pint or three of ale. We are expecting at least 15 different folk bands to be playing in the beer tent all day and into the night." (including Jim Causley at 2pm and Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed at 3pm). [Rumour has it Geoff Lakeman is appearing too, but Ed.  doesn't know what time.]

NEW Thursday 23 September 2015 - Matt Gordon & Leonard Podolak - Topsham Rugby Club
The mountain men are back. Supported Show of Hands in Exeter in 2012 www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzxSV71Susw. Contact 01392 873651.

 

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28/8/15

Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 28 August 2015
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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To keep things brief this time and enable me to get this circular out early, only NEW and UPDATED items appear in full here; all previously listed items for September appear under More In Brief below and the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

NEW Rachel's - Updated East Devon Gig Guide for September
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

NEW Friday 4 September 2015 - Brixham Folk Club - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
We are delighted to welcome Martin Scragg and Sam Richards to run the folk club and be the featured guests on that night. Sam and Martin have worked and recorded together many times over the years and both have a wealth of traditional material. Entry £3/performer £2.
Another date for the diary as an extra event in Brixham Theatre – Thursday 15 October – Sam Richards, Martin Scragg, Steve Verge and friends will be in concert presenting their show to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Ewan MacColl. More details to follow.
For more information contact Anne & Steve Gill 01803 290427 or John Miles 01803 858394.

UPDATED Tuesday 8 September 2015 9am 'til late - Widecombe Fair
"During the Fair there is always a warm welcome in the Beer Tent, good conversation with friends and a good pint or three of ale. We are expecting at least 15 different folk bands to be playing in the beer tent all day and into the night." (including Jim Causley at 2pm and Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed at 3pm)

NEW Wednesday 30 September 2015 8pm - Lady Maisery - Exeter Phoenix EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
Inspired by folk singing traditions of the UK and northern Europe, Lady Maisery sing songs and ballads both unaccompanied, and with backing from accordion, harp and fiddle. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lady-maisery-2. Box office 01392 667080.

UPDATED Friday 2 October 2015 7.30pm - Chris Millington, Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed - Churston Traditional Farm Shop Restaurant, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
"An Evening with Travelling John" - Tickets will include snacks during the interval. Licensed bar. Plenty of free on-site parking; venue is on the local bus route. A new venture in a new, 60-seat venue for Maggie and Mike whose first guest is Chris Millington, see www.youtube.com/watch?v=f72ayoJel8E. Maggie and Chris have worked together in the past and Chris was the inspiration behind Maggie's song, Travelling John and is the consummate performer. Tickets £12. With this venue, the hire / catering cost has to be paid up front and so we will need you to pay for your tickets when you book. There will be a facility to book online (subject to a small booking fee). You can book tickets by calling Maggie on 01803 855961, or online at www.wegottickets.com/event/330302. Tickets already selling strongly.

NEW Saturday 3 October 2015 7.30pm - Helen Torpy & Steve Turner - St Mary's Church, Throwleigh, nr Whiddon Down EX20 2HU
Presented by the Friends of Throwleigh Church. Helen (violin) and Steve (accordion) have been playing together for nearly twenty years and this is apparent in the blending of their instruments into one sumptuous sound. Drawing together elements from British and European traditions and traditional and original pieces they create a warm and satisfying sound. Further information, tickets £12 from 01647 231494. The Northmoor Arms at Wonson can provide a pre-concert meal by pre booking with Nikki on 01647 231428.

NEW Saturday 14 November 2015 - Donovan - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
www.carnglaze.com/donovan-saturday-14th-november-2015-8pm

NEW Sunday 15 November 2015 7.30pm - Gigspanner - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
Since leaving Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player, Peter Knight, has focused on his trio Gigspanner, firmly establishing their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk-roots scene. Met with critical acclaim, Gigspanner’s riveting new album ‘Layers of Ages’ has been added to the Telegraph’s ‘Best Folk Albums of 2015’ list for its authentic moments of staggering originality and great beauty, Gigspanner will be presenting an evening of material that goes way beyond the folk genres usual boundaries. Modern in interpretation, yet classical in its virtuosity, it is music that continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more. Peter is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion. Online tickets £14+ www.wegottickets.com/event/331356.

Exeter Corn Exchange - Diary Dates (not all folk, but some popular names, all on sale now)
Saturday 19 September 2pm & 7.30pm - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - 30 Plucking Years
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15328
Wednesday 11 November 7.30pm - Eddi Reader
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15416
Friday 13 November 7.30pm - Donovan
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15541
Saturday 23 January 2016 7.30pm - Elkie Brooks
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15428
Wednesday 24 February 2016 7.30pm - Fairport Convention
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15507
Wednesday 13 April 2016 8pm - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15485
Monday 9 May 2016 7.30pm - The Fureys
www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15520.

Session news - South Brent
Nothing new here, just reminders of various regular happenings in two pubs in this busy village:
The Oak
Folk music session – a folk music session to join in every Wednesday for adults from 8.30pm(ish);
Children’s folk night - 7.30-8.30pm on alternate Wednesdays in term time encourages young people to learn and enjoy playing instruments and singing
Folk at the Oak – Traditional music and song on the third Thursday of the month from 8.00pm(ish). FFI Mick Bramich on 01364 649339.
Pack Horse Inn
Mixed folk session - mainly a song session/‘sing around’ from around 8.30pm on alternate Tuesdays (8 & 22 September; 6 & 20 October): - Contact Eileen on 01364 73699 eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.

More in brief  (this time contains all known events for September other than those listed as NEW above; the corresponding full Diary listings are to be found on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk as always):
Wednesday 2 September 8pm - The Carpenters Story - Exeter Corn Exchange
Thursday 3 September - John Otway - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Saturday 5 September - Fishstock Seafood & Music Festival - Brixham Harbour
Saturday 5 September 8pm - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton
Sunday 6 September - Tallulah Rendall - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Tuesday 8 September 9am 'til late - Widecombe Fair
Tuesday 8 September 8pm - Autumn Folk at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village
Thursday 10 September 8pm - Stanley Accrington - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, Totnes
Friday 11 September 8pm - Phil Beer - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay
Friday 11 September 6.30pm - Charity Barn Dance with Blue Jewel - Tavistock Town Hall
Friday 11 September 7pm - The Old Gaffers- Breakwater Bistro Cafe, Berry Head Road, Brixham
Friday 11 September 7.30pm - Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter
Saturday 12 September 8pm - Si Barron + Les Noden & Nigel Sture - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth
Saturday 12 September 10.30am - d'Accord - Bedford Square, High Street, Exeter,
Tuesday 15 September - Land Of The Giants - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Wednesday 16 September 8pm - Haunt The Woods - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth
Friday 18 September - John Hegley – New & Old Potatoes - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Friday 18 September 8pm - Reg Meuross (plus Jess Vincent) - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter
Friday 18 September - Gallery Bar Special: Gareth Lee & Annie Baylis - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Friday 18 September 8pm - Jim Causley - Milton Abbot Folk Club, Milton Abbot Village Hall
Saturday 19 September - Phil Beer - Exminster Victory Hall
Saturday 19 September 8pm - Will McNicol, Chris Woods Groove, Elliott Morris - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth
Saturday 19 September  - Martin Barre Band - Exeter Phoenix
Friday 25 September 7.30pm - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Simon Mayor & Hilary James with Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter
Friday 25 September - Acoustic Haven: The Adventurists and Adam Scriven - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes
Saturday 26 September 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton
Saturday 26 September - Kris Drever & Ian Carr - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Saturday 26 September - Fishermans Friends - Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 27 September 7.30pm - Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr - Brixham Theatre
Sunday 27 September 8pm - The Dovetail Trio & Greg Russell - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham
Sunday 27 September 3pm - Polperro Fishermen’s Choir - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Wednesday 30 September 8pm - Lady Maisery - Exeter Phoenix EX4 3LS

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertonfolk.co.uk

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22/8/15

Harberton Folk Circular - Saturday 22 August 2015
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
Should you no longer wish to receive these circulars, there is an Unsubscribe link at the foot of this email.

Bit later than intended this week - due to the dreaded 'W' word - 'work' (see also at the foot of this email, something I have circulated before, a long time ago)

NEW Wednesday 2 September 2015 8pm - The Carpenters Story - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
Widely regarded as the first ever 'tribute' show back in its 1989 incarnation, The Carpenters Story brings the show bang up to date - Phil Aldridge's lavish arrangements, stunning vocal harmonies and Claire Furley's uncanny representation of Karen Carpenter combine to bring back memories of pop's most melodic duo. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15326.

Thursday 3 September 2015 - John Otway - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Madcap mayhem and scintillating stunts from a man old enough to know better. Details www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 5 September 2015 - Fishstock Seafood & Music Festival - Brixham Harbour
Line-up includes Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed, Shuffle The Deck Appalachian Cloggers, The Roaring Trowmen, Banned From The Moor, The Old Gaffers. See www.fishstockbrixham.co.uk fpr full details and programme.

Saturday 5 September 2015 8pm - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
Fully seated. Miranda Sykes is well known as the third member of Show of Hands. She is one of the few female double bassists in England and is an accomplished singer in her own right. Rex Preston has a reputation as a fine & imaginative mandolin player and is a leading light in a new wave of British Bluegrass musicians. The rare fusion of double bass & mandolin makes for one of the most exciting new pairings on the acoustic roots scene.
Tickets £10, available from 01363 82379, email mick@theheartofdevon.co.uk or via www.theheartofdevon.co.uk. Licensed bar.

NEW Sunday 6 September 2015 - Tallulah Rendall - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
To date she has written and co produced three solo crowd funded albums (Libellus 2009, Alive 2011 & The Banshee And The Moon 2014), all of which have been presented within beautiful hardback books that include individual pieces of artwork for each of the songs as well as the stories that inspired them. It is also worth mentioning that throughout this journey she has remained a truly independent artist, never having had management or a label behind her yet she has still managed to not only produce a strong body of work but she has toured worldwide. “A hit on the summer festival circuit over the past couple of years, this sultry, spellbinding singer also boasts the rare accolade of being invited to play Dame Shirely Bassey’s 70th party as the only music entertainment.” Port Elliot Festival.  See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for more details and sample.+ support Jimmy Ireland: Jimmy Ireland is an Exeter based singer/songwriter blending smooth vocals and acoustic guitar to create unique pop/rock, folk originals'.

Tuesday 8 September 2015 8pm - Autumn Folk at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
Second of a seasonal programme of events. Includes Hanlon's Half Hours, this time featuring Jackie Williams/Eileen Conn & Bill Murraywith guest MC Joan Holloway. Floor singers welcome. Entry £5 includes pint and pasty. Autumn craft: Corn Dollies. Further info email folk@bowstation.com, tel. 01392 82621. Other 2015 date: 8 December. Note: Disabled access pending. www.hanlonsbrewery.com.

Thursday 10 September 2015 8pm - Stanley Accrington - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Very funny man. Great lines such as “Keep your tongue in your mouth, cus I’m kissing you goodbye”. Sample www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEC4OW7wcBs. More information from Andy Clarke 01803 732312. Entrance £? performers, £? non-performers.

NEW Friday 11 September 2015 8pm - Phil Beer - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the West Countryʼs award winning acoustic duo, Show of Hands, described as a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer. With a professional career of nearly four decades, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style. Tickets £12 adv from 01803 328290. £?? door.

Friday 11 September 2015 6.30pm - Charity Barn Dance with Blue Jewel - Tavistock Town Hall PL19 0AU
Held by Westmoor Veterinary Hospital to raise funds/awareness for Margaret Green Animal Rescue Centre. Tickets £8, child/OAP £4, family (2+2) £20, available from WVH (01822 612561) or MGARC (01822 810215). :Licensed bar. Raffle/auction with prizes donated by local businesses. Cake//pasty stands, /tea/coffee. Lots of family entertainment. For more information call WVH or email westmoorvets@hotmail.com.

Friday 11 September 2015 7pm - The Old Gaffers- Breakwater Bistro Cafe, Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AF
Friends of Brixham Library BBQ with music provided by ’The Old Gaffers’. For those who wish to enjoy a convivial supper followed by music and sea shanties, tickets are available from Brixham Library tel 01803 853870 during library opening hours (or from the Bistro tel 01803 856738). £12 for FoBL members, £14 non-members. Once again FoBL has exclusive use of the Cafe and all are welcome.

NEW Saturday 12 September 2015 8pm - Si Barron + Les Noden & Nigel Sture - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
A big welcome to half of the Barron/Brody Duo. Certain to give us an excellent evening of song and music. Sharing the concert this evening with two old friends and stalwarts of the South Devon folk scene, Les and Nigel. £10 door, £8 adv/conc. See www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk for full details of this event and all forthcoming 'Teignmouth Folk Concerts'. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.

NEW 12-26 September 2015 - St Ives September Festival - St Ives, Cornwall
Massive multi-genre festival www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk. Includes Show of Hands and Steve Knightley (both sold out), Miranda & Rex, Kate Rusby, Acoustic Strawbs, Dervish, Gordon Giltrap and much more. For a quick overview see www.crbo.co.uk/events.php?evGrp=195.

NEW Wednesday 16 September 2015 8pm - Haunt The Woods - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
After the success of their first sold out ticketed event at The B Bar, we are excited to welcome the band back for the next in their monthly residency. With interest from the music industry growing, a slew of successful support slots with Dry The River and Sunset Sons, a new album in planning, and confirmation they are playing main stage at Boardmasters, 2015 is becoming a huge year for the south-west's Haunt the Woods. Expect special guests in support and the usual excellent standard of self-penned folk-rock pop. £2 door. www.b-bar.co.uk.

NEW 18-20 September 2015 - Cornish Bluegrass Festival - Hendra Holiday Park
What it says on the tin, massive line-up. www.cornishbluegrass.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 19 September 2015 8pm - Will McNicol, Chris Woods Groove, Elliott Morris - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
We are incredibly proud to be bringing back Will McNicol, one of our favourite guitarists and a B-Bar regular with visionary guitar player Chris Woods and Elliott Morris in a season defining performance. We will be using the unique and intimate space of the Barbican Theatre to present these three fantastic artists on what promises to be a very special evening. Guitar mayhem from three of the UK's most in-demand acoustic artists. Chris Woods, Elliott Morris and Will McNicol are joining forces to create a night of "guitar mayhem" which sees them each performing a solo set, along with a few numbers together. £10. www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/event-details/?eid=20026.

NEW Saturday 19 September 2015  - Martin Barre Band - Exeter Phoenix EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Performing songs from Jethro Tull's staggering back catalogue, guitarist Martin Barre's solo in 'Locomotive Breath' was nominated by Rolling Stone magazine, as one of the greatest guitar solos of all time! Backed by a cracking band, and with two strong Exeter outfits Junkyard Angels, The Mocking Birds in support, this promises to be a real treat. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-martin-barre-band. Box office 01392 667080.

NEW Saturday 26 September 2015 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
An evening of traditional and self-penned songs, performed on vocals, guitar, keyboard and woodwind from the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene’s most accomplished performers, Dartmoor-based Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire, ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Booking details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Friday 2 October 2015 7.30pm - Chris Millington, Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed - Churston Traditional Farm Shop Restaurant, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
Tickets will include snacks during the interval. Licensed bar. Plenty of free on-site parking; venue is on the local bus route. A new venture in a new, 60-seat venue for Maggie and Mike whose first guest is Chris Millington, see www.youtube.com/watch?v=f72ayoJel8E. Maggie and Chris have worked together in the past and Chris was the inspiration behind Maggie's song, Travelling John and is the consummate performer. Tickets £12. With this venue, the hire / catering cost has to be paid up front and so we will need you to pay for your tickets when you book. There will be a facility to book online (subject to a small booking fee). You can book tickets by calling Maggie on 01803 855961, or online at www.wegottickets.com/event/330302.

NEW Friday 9 October 2015 8pm - Stephen Fearing - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
Canadian singer-songwriter, Stephen Fearing, is a particularly fine singer and guitarist, while his songs display a masterful faculty for nailing down a sense of place or exposing the character nuances of his songs' characters. When you couple this to a gift for telling stories between songs and a wry sense of humour, it all adds up to an excellent night's entertainment. Tickets £12 adv from 01803 328290. £?? door.

NEW Wednesday 14 October 2015 - Bill Kirchen Band - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
When Bill Kirchen hit the Globe Hotel in March, the capacity audience left jaws dropping and shell shocked ! One of the finest Telecaster players on the planet, Bill's claim to fame first happened when he was a member of the legendary Commander Cody And The Lost Planet Airmen, since which time he's played regularly with Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, and Rockabilly greats Gene Vincent, Link Wray, Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan and too many to name. His current killer band includes keyboards man Austin De Lone, part of Bonnie Raitts band and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Tickets from Topsham Books 01392 877895 or online www.seetickets.com/event/bill-kirchen/the-globe/903571.

NEW Saturday 17 October 2015 7.30pm - The Shee - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Making a very rare visit to the South West. The Shee bring electro-harp, accordion, fiddles, flute, mandolin and three powerful voices together with their diverse range of individual musical influences to produce an adventurous brew of Folk, Gaelic and Bluegrass. Their third and most recent album, ‘Murmurations’ was received to great acclaim, the launch tour leading to The Shee being nominated for Best Live Act at the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards.” Samples www.theshee.com/sounds. Tickets £12 from 01364 631288 or email stephcrutchley@hotmail.com.
[Ed.: The band includes accordionist (and step-clogger) Amy Thatcher who is also a member of Kathryn Tickell's brilliant band The Side who Jan and I saw recently at Dartington.]

NEW Sunday 18 October 2015 from 5pm - d'Accord Breton Music & Dance - Ide Memorial Hall, Ide, nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
Lively young band An Tri Dipop  from Brittany: Anjela Lorho-Pasco Breton singer, trumpet, guitar & double bass. 5pm informal music & dance. 6pm bring & share supper, BYO drinks. 7.30pm Fest Noz bal with dances from all over Brittany. £8 (no concs),tea /coffee included. Further info 01392 811593.

NEW Thursday 29 October 2015 - Chris Smither - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF (map)
If you've ever been held mesmerised by Chris Smither's throbbing guitar and deep earthy vocals, he will need no introduction.One of America's greatest singer/songwriters, Chris's songs draw on his deep New Orleans roots mixed in with inspiration taken from American folk and blues singers, poets and philosophers. To have him perform in Topsham is a mjor coup and tickets will sell out quickly. Tickets from Topsham Books 01392 877895 or online  www.seetickets.com/event/chris-smither/the-matthews-hall/903566.

Festivals update
With all the big local festivals (apart from the sold-out Beautiful Days) done and dusted for this year, you may want to look a bit further afield, so here are some one-off mentions:
28-31 August 2015 - Cornwall Folk Festival - Wadebridge
Includes Martin Carthy, Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Dave Burland, Brian Peters, Sarah McQuaid, Blackbeard's Tea Party, Appaloosas... www.cornwallfolkfestival.com
and finally, a new series of festivals of various genres (also including blues, rock & rhythm; punk...) at a holiday park in Ilfracombe, notably:
20-22 November 2015 - Folk Roots & World Music Festival - Ilfracombe
Includes Fairport Convention, Barbara Dickson, three founding members of Oysterband Ian Teller, John Jones and Alan Prosser performing under the name "Oysters 3", and Julie Felix. www.johnfowlerholidays.com/entertainment/ilfracombe-folk. Earlybird residential tickets available.
[Oysters3 are coming to Exeter Phoenix on Wednesday 27 January 2016]

Advance dates info for Folk Evenings at the Cross House Inn, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
"The following are the dates agreed with the landlord for us meet, greet, eat, drink, sing, play ....."
17 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec, 9 Jan, 6 Feb, 5 Mar, 2 Apr
Monthly reminders will appear in these listings.

Session news (Plymouth)
This may well have been going for ages, but it's one I hadn't heard of:
Bristol Castle Pub, 6 Duncan Street (off Duke St.) Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4EP
Regular 2nd Sunday afternoon (3pm) folk music session, singers, musicians all welcome. Friendly atmosphere. Experienced folk on hand beginners welcome - refreshments. For contact details (Kathy) see www.flaxey-green.co.uk.
www.flaxey-green.co.uk provides extensive details of dozens of regular sessions happening across our area.

More session news, various, taken direct from Acoustic Calendar for Wessex email updates
(see http://sanchobramble.weebly.com for more details)
Discontinued: Exmouth: 11a Church Street (restaurant & bar) EX8 1PE (01395 223195); was Every Wednesday, 9pm. Open mic + jamming. Discontinued – premises now under new name and management.
New addition: Bishopsteignton: Red Rock Brewery, Higher Humber Farm TQ14 9TD (01626 879738) Every Thursday, 7.30pm. ‘Folk Club’. “Not really a club - and not JUST folk music. You can usually expect to play 2 sets - 3 songs overall - and the earlier you arrive, the sooner you play. Come as an individual, or a small group - bring friends and family - join in with others, make new friends. All genres - all levels - all instruments - just NO mic, and NO amps - totally acoustic.”
Revised entry: Sidmouth: The Marine, The Esplanade EX10 8BB (01395 513145, www.themarinesidmouth.com) Open mic: Alternate Fridays, from 9.30pm. Free entry. All welcome. In-house PA, mics and guitar available if required.

Outside our area, but sad news about a long-established West-Country folk club
Eileen Ann Moore writes:
Closure of the Acorn Folk Club
"The Acorn Folk Club was founded in Minehead, Somerset in 2002 by the late John Moore, and carried on from 2005 by his widow Eileen Ann with the help of Jim Parham and a willing team of volunteers. During these thirteen years nearly 100 outstanding and leading guests on the national and international folk scene have been hosted. The platform granted for regular and visiting talented floor spots has been well used, and a loyal and enthusiastic audience has been developed, earning the Acorn the reputation of "one of the best, if not the best, folk clubs around". Due to unforeseen circumstances it has been decided regrettably to close the Acorn Folk Club and so the new 14th season will not be starting on 6th September 2015 as previously planned. Eileen Ann and Jim have enjoyed running the club and meeting and hosting such a wide variety of people, whether professional or amateur performers or listeners, and have made lasting friendships. They would like to thank all who have contributed in any way in making the Acorn Folk Club the success it has been. EAM"

More in brief - Selection only - Full Diary listings are on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk:
Sold out Thursday 10 September - Steve Knightley - Otterton Mill's final gig
Friday 18 September - Reg Meuross (plus Jess Vincent) - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter
Friday 25 September - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Simon Mayor & Hilary James with Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter
Saturday 26 September - Fishermans Friends - Plymouth Pavilions
Sunday 27 September - Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr - Brixham Theatre
Sunday 27 September - Polperro Fishermen’s Choir - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
Sunday 11 October - Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers - Northcott Theatre, Exeter
Saturday 31 October - Martyn Joseph - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter
Tuesday 3 November - Ralph McTell - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter
Sunday 8 November - Cara Dillon - Tavistock Wharf
Wednesday 11 November - Eddi Reader - Exeter Corn Exchange
Sunday 15 November - Lau - Exeter Phoenix
Sunday 15 November - The Waterboys - Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 21 November - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Saturday 28 November - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock
Saturday 21 November - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
Thursday 10 December - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot
Saturday 12 December - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Saturday 19 December - Seth Lakeman & Band - Plymouth Pavilions
Saturday 12 December - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington

A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

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10/8/15

Harberton Folk Circular - Monday 10 August 2015
Only a selection of events follows below - a combination of new listings, some many months ahead to note in your diary, and reminders for other previously listed events in the more immediate future.
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing below does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
Should you no longer wish to receive these circulars, there is an Unsubscribe link at the foot of this email.

NEW Friday 11 September 2015 7.30pm - Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances. Beginners' tuition at 7.30pm, main dance 800-10:30pm. Cost £4 per person. Using recorded music from your favourite English bands as well as some of the top American Contra Bands. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

UPDATED Sunday 27 September 2015 3pm - Polperro Fishermen’s Choir - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Calstock Arts' new Sunday afternoon series launches with the very best of traditional Cornish and modern choral performance. Since their formation in 1923 the Polperro Fishermens’s Choir have provided the very best in traditional Cornish and modern choral performance. The choir’s aims and objectives are as strong as ever and a great many charities have benefited from their devotion and love of singing. Tea, coffee and cake available from 2.00pm.
Details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 16 October 2015 8pm - Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll (with James Budden) - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Excellent young musicians and singers with songs and tunes steeped in the tradition. Nick and Becki are highly respected musicians, composers and workshop leaders from North Devon. The combination of violin and viola creates a captivating sound. www.englishfiddle.com. They also run the popular Folk Orchestra of North Devon for Wren Music. Nick and Becki will be joined by double-bass player, James Budden.  Tickets: £8 adv; £10 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW Wednesday 28 October 2015 -  Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Doors open 6.30pm for a hot supper before the performance. Tickets £12 for gig only, or £20 including supper. If you decide to buy supper on the night it's still available, at £10. Food at the cafe is good value, tasty and made from locally sourced ingredients. Phillip & Hannah are well-known around the circuit and probably need no introduction. Tickets from Daf Edwards, email dafedwards53@gmail.com or call 01364 621242 or 07957 280129.

NEW Upcoming Gigs at The Watermark in Ivybridge
Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map) Tel. 01752 892220. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk
Saturday 3 October 2015 8pm - Richard Digance
Richard is a BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He is also listed in the Virgin Anthology of Music as an influential writer of comedic songs. Not many guitarists have played a duet with Queen's Brian May, worked with Steve Martin, played an acoustic set with Status Quo or performed at The London Palladium with the late Robin Williams, Richard has. Richard will also be exhibiting his art at The Watermark from 1pm on Saturday afternoon. There will be an opportunity to meet Richard from 5pm until the start of the concert with a chance to purchase Richard's work. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/richardd.
Saturday 7 November 2015 8pm - Churchfitters
The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a saucepan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax.
The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments - adding flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, electric hub-cap bass-bouzouki and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble. And let’s not forget the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hack-saw blades. Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering. How do you adequately describe such a musically diverse, uplifting band? You leave it to Mike Harding, a self-confessed ‘huge, huge fan’. He calls their music 'totally brilliant and beautiful'. More details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/churchfitters.
Friday 4 December 2015 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. Now after nearly two decades in music, Kathryn's sublime vocals merge seamlessly with Sean's deft and inventive live guitar work on stage and his award-winning sonic skills in the studio. In addition to his chart topping hit records for brother Seth Lakeman, Sean has this year alone produced albums or tracks with The Levellers, Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Imelda May and Bellowhead .....as well as a string of other folk/acoustic acts More details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/kathrynroberts-seanlakeman.

NEW Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (late summer newsletter), Kingsteignton
Details of our next Featured Artist Events. These artists have a ¾ hour set at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket.
We are on target to donate another £1000 to Rowcroft Hospice Charity towards the end of the year.
17 August – The John White Band; 7 September – Verity Greenway; 21 September – Nine Pound Catfish; 12 October – Chris & Paul Woodhouse; 26 October – Cornelius Family; 23 November – Steve Buxton; 7 December – John Lockwood
Please visit our web page www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information and performance videos.
We meet every Monday and always welcome artists/musicians to perform on any club night and we especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances.

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General items retained from previous circulars

(More) Folk news slightly further afield:
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Compiled by Tony Watts. Monthly calendar with email updates mainly of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details. Tony's latest email update notes the following:
South Zeal (nr. Okehampton): King’s Arms EX20 2JP (01837 840300, Dave: 07792 259338,
www.drjams.co.uk). Second Monday of every month, 9pm till 11pm. Open mic. “Please note the Kings Arms Jam in South Zeal is moved back 1 week in August to make way for the [Dartmoor] folk festival.”

Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

Session updates - Bere Ferrers (near Yelverton): Old Plough PL20 7JL
According to Tony Watts'  latest email circular associated with his Acoustic Calendar For Wessex at http://sanchobramble.weebly.com, the following now applies (Pub: 01822 840 358, contactus@theoldeploughinn.co.uk, Jane: 01822 841064):
Open mic: First Friday or Saturday of the month, 8.30pm.
Acoustic night: Third Sunday of the month, 8.30pm. Acoustic singers, instrumentalists and groups welcome (all styles).
Jam Session: Third & fourth Tuesday of the month, 8.30pm.

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Session News - Aveton Gifford
Third Thursday, Celtic / Irish folk session month. New musicians welcome or just come along to listen - we like an audience!! Tel 07793 636370. At the Fishermans Rest, Fore St, Aveton Gifford, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4JL tel 01548 550284
Comprehensive information about dozens of sessions across the area can be found on www.flaxey-green.co.uk.

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Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Outside our coverage area (just), but easily accessible
I've also recently become aware of the following club, offering monthly guest / open stage nights, which I've now added to the 'Other links' section on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk: Culm Valley Music & Performance Club at Magelake Hall, Uffculme EX15 3DR. Close to M5 Jct 27, www.culmvalleymusicclub.co.uk.

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LIVE MUSIC ACT EXTENSION BRINGS INTO EFFECT
INCREASE IN AUDIENCE FOR UNLICENSED VENUES
The Live Music Act extension came into effect on the 6 April 2015 meaning that Venues with audiences of up to 500 people will benefit from this deregulation of live music. Changes to the Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014 mean a venue does not need a license to host live amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 to audiences of up to 500 people. Live un-amplified music between 08:00 and 23:00 on any premises is unregulated along with the use of recorded music (to audiences of up to 500) during the same hours. Both live and recorded music may still become licensable if the licensing authority chooses following a licence review. This should be good news for small to medium size venues and musicians, however, there will always be the NIMBYS and those who wish to develop residential buildings close to existing live music venues to contend with.
(From The Jelli Note)

Kingsbridge - Crabshell Sessions R.I.P.
"Dear All, This is a very sad moment for me and probably for a lot of you. I have decided to end the 1st Thursday of the month Crabshell singing/music sessions. Although I am really pleased that Simon and the team at the pub are making such a success of the business, it really has become too far removed from the kind of venue that suits a session such as we all enjoy. I had considered doing this at the end of this year's winter season (ie May) but with the April session being so close to Easter this year, the pub will be heaving with an extra influx of visitors next week and I really can't face all the argy-bargy! With there only being the May session left it seems to make sense to call a halt now. I thank everyone who has supported the session over these past many years (can't remember actually how many!) and I for one have enjoyed the opportunity to have such great evenings of wonderful singing and cameraderie. There are other sessions in the surrounding area (see www.flaxey-green.co.uk) that would be very happy to see new singers so I hope you all continue singing, and I shall no doubt see you somewhere. If you know someone who may want to know this, Please spread the word to any interested parties who may not see this email. Love and all good wishes for the future from Brenda Burnside."

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Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Shammick Acoustic in North Devon
Shammick Acoustic's full programme of guest and open nights for 2015 is now available on
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk.

Feature: Bradninch
Google Earth tells me Bradninch (2 miles SW of Cullompton) is just within my fairly arbitrarily, and loosely, defined coverage area - "30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes", so here we go...
Bradninch Folk Club www.bradninchevents.org/groups/bradninch-folk-club
Bradninch Folk Club meets on 1st Tuesday (club nights) of the month at the White Lion and on the 3rd Tuesday at the Castle Hotel (guest nights). Coming up:
Tuesday 21 October 8pm - Alex Kumar - Castle Hotel, Bradninch
Exceptional and special, Alex has the spirit and songbook of Dylan and his muse Woody Guthrie to back's his own original song writing. His appearance is as the result of a floor spot he did at the Club in February this year. He was spellbinding then in his performance. True to the promise “With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Support: visiting and local performers. Entry £4 door. Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.
Bradninch Acoustic Music Club www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
generally has Club nights the second Wednesday of each month, plus some guest nights. Coming up:
Friday 31 October - Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction,for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. Tickets will be around £10 with concessions to club members and supporters. More details nearer the time. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets £10. Wow what a night.
Bradninch also holds a popular music festival in June, see what happened this year:
www.bradninchevents.org/bradninch-music-festival

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Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

Replacement East Devon Music Diary
The page entitled "Richie's East Devon Music Diary" on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk was a multi-genre listing originating from Richie Evans who was unfortunately unable to continue offering his service as of 6/8/14. Fortunately the reins have been taken over by Rachel Cockell who invites interested parties to join her email circulation providing a monthly PDF download (and occasional updates). Contact Rachel at exmouthgigguide@gmail.com to be included. Rachel's Gig Guide will also be available to download from www.harbertonfolk.co.uk - September available now.

Feature: Crabshell Records, Kingsbridge
Crabshell Records is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Their cause is to support and encourage traditionally based music played in the area. They can offer a complete CD production service to talented, unsigned musicians who sing and play locally - often in aid of local charities. To enable promotion and sales of your music your CDs will have high quality presentation but at low cost. Their own catalogue currently includes CDs by Vic Wilcox, John Connor, Bull Pitch, Iowa 4, Rumpus, The Old Gaffers, The Storm UK, The Crabshell Concerts 2005-2012. See full details of all CDs and the production services at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Crabshell%20Records%20Publications.html.

A publication recommended by a Harberton Folk subscriber
"Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs by JP Bean (see www.amazon.co.uk/Singing-Floor-History-British-Clubs/dp/0571305458) (available as paperback or for Kindle). It has a few notable omissions but it is a very familiar evocation of the time. JR"

Some folk information sources for neighbouring areas
(Unfortunately I'm not aware of general folk information resource for Cornwall - Does anyone else know of anything?)
Shammick Acoustic - Includes website www.shammickacoustic.org.uk listings of regular and special events in North Devon and West Somerset.
Sadfolk - Comprehensive coverage of folk events in Somerset & Dorset - website www.sadfolk.co.uk and associated weekly email udpates.
Acoustic Calendar for Wessex - Monthly calendar with email updates of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mic (i.e. not concerts etc.); see www.sanchobramble.weebly.com for details.
And included by special request of the venue, a mention for the
Electric Palace in Bridport - in case you fancy venturing for a day out further along the Jurassic Coast - www.electricpalace.org.uk - presenting some quality folk concerts, some featuring an act's only West Country gig; current programme includes: 23/4 Moulettes; 30/4 Fureys & Davey Arthur; 2/5 Dave Swarbrick & Friends; 15/5 Bella Hardy; 31/5 Sam Lee & Friends

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Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Exeter's Phonic FM 106.8 and online www.phonic.fm Mondays 6-8pm
Roots and Shoots with Martin Henning
The best in global and local music. Frequent live sessions from talented local and visiting musicians. See the show’s website http://rootsandshootsdevon.blogspot.co.uk. 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays of each month | Jan 20 | Feb 3, 17 | Mar 3, 17, 31 | etc.
Common Ground with Martin Hodge - new in 2014
Exploring the rich folk music, songs and traditions of the West Country and the rest of the UK with occasional forays abroad. With informative and entertaining guests including some live music. Contact Martin via www.facebook.com/groups/commongroundonphonicfm/?fref=ts or email martin@phonic.fm. 2nd Monday of each month | Feb 10 | Mar 10 | etx.
Shenanigans with Karen and Kat
Shenanigans is presented by two chin-wagging musos with a weakness for caffeine. We will be playing indie, alternative, new wave and folk….finding those tracks you might not have heard but we know you will love! 4th Monday of each month | Jan 27 | Feb 24 | Mar 24 | etc.

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'South Devon Arts Centre' in Totnes
This not-for-profit community arts venue (whose patrons and friends include Jools Holland, Bob Harris and Sir Richard Branson) already has a massive programme lined up of top-class music of many genres, comedy, cabaret, theatre etc. and all ticketing details can be found at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. SDAC is located at The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map) and has a maximum seated capacity of 190 (ground floor 110, gallery balcony 80), or 200 standing capacity ground floor. Plenty of free parking available close by. Licensed bar.

North Devon/West Somerset music listings - Listings of regular and special music events for the above area can always be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').

Folk news slightly further afield:
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area. Steve who runs this has over 800 contacts on his list.
North Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - website listings
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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Note to (potential) contributors - and readers:
The frequency of these e-circulars varies anywhere from approx. weekly up to fortnightly, driven essentially by work and personal priorities. Therefore, to give your event the best possible chance of inclusion (unless I forget! - has happened very occasionally), try to get your information to me at least a month in advance, preferably using the standard format I employ for most entries - see below - and preferably with a max. length of 50 to 75 words. Otherwise I have to edit text down to a reasonable length, and editing takes time! A Myspace (or similar) web link for music samples is a good idea too.

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1-2-1 Melodeon Tuition
Ed Rennie, lead tutor with the Devon Squeezebox Foundation, is currently teaching melodeon to a number of people on a 1-2-1 basis at their homes. The advantage from the students' point of view is the courses are tailored to their needs and progress at their pace and they get to stay at home in the warm and dry and Ed does all the running about in the cold and dark! Ed has a number of students he visits once a month in the West Dartmoor/Plymouth area (Mary Tavy to Saltash). He has capacity to take on some more students in the area, so if you would be interested to learn the melodeon at home with Ed, give him a shout at devonsqueezebox@hotmail.co.uk. Melodeon hire also available.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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New folk festival listing website
www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk "tries to list almost every folk music festival in the UK" [and seems to do quite a good job]

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

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A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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